Deputies: Double-shooting linked to discovery of kittens in freezer

Published On: Dec 05 2012 05:31:25 AM HST

Rodney Blanchard was arrested on Dec. 2, accused of keeping several kittens in plastic bags in the freezer of his Florida mobile home.


A simple request for a cold beer led to the discovery of kittens in the freezer of a man's mobile home, a crime that investigators are linking to a double-shooting at another mobile home park nearby just a day earlier, according to a report.

The suspects in the two crimes are father-son roommates, an article in said.

Pinellas County deputies were called to the Sunshine Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday to investigate a double shooting. They said Damian William Blanchard, 24, was "'directly involved' in the shootings and called the victims out of their home before they were shot," a sheriff's spokeswoman told

The next day, according to that article, deputies were called to another mobile home park nearby to investigate a claim of animal cruelty. It turned out that Rodney Blanchard, the 49-year-old father of William Blanchard, asked his friend, Eva Mulder, to grab a beer for him. When she did, she heard the meows of kittens in the freezer in his mobile home, reported.

Mulder found several kittens in plastic bags; three of them were still alive and one was dead. The elder Blanchard told arresting deputies "he didn't know what he was thinking" and that the cats were "in timeout," the spokeswoman said.

All this reportedly started when a roommate of the Blanchards', 55-year-old Francis James Bahr, sought revenge on a woman who rejected his romantic advances, deputies said, though it's not clear if putting animals in a freezer had anything to do with Bahr's apparent jealousy.

Rodney Blanchard is charged with animal cruelty and batter charges, and Bahr and Damian Blanchard are facing attempted-murder charges, the article said.

The surviving animals are expected to be cleaned up and put up for adoption before Christmas.


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